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Fantasy Baseball Two-Start Pitchers: Rankings & Waiver Pickups (Week 10)

Now that the season is in full swing, you should be grinding the fantasy baseball two-start pitchers to give you an advantage over your competition.

Each week, I will be giving you a breakdown of the fantasy baseball two-start pitchers for your fantasy leagues broken up into the following tiers:

  • Must Start: The guys that you have to start because of their talent and/or matchups.
  • Should Start: These are the guys that are rostered in most formats and probably should be in your lineup.
  • Here We Go: Pitchers that you are probably starting in most formats but have some level of risk to them.
  • Feeling Lucky: Pitchers available in less than 25% of leagues that are risky, but viable in deeper formats.
  • Desperate Measures: Pitchers you shouldn’t use unless you have no other choice.

These are projected fantasy baseball two-start pitchers and are subject to change and will with the season just beginning. FWIW I am a little more conservative earlier in the season as I don’t love getting my ratios trashed early on.

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Fantasy Baseball Two-Start Pitchers: Week 10

Must Start

Should Start

Nick Lodolo vs STL, at CHC – I am not usually a big fan of starting guys off the IL, but this was a very short IL stint and Lodolo has been so great when pitching this year that I trust him to be able to return pretty seamlessly.

Gavin Stone at NYM, vs COL – If not for a shakier last start, Stone would likely be in the Must Start tier. Stone has done a great job of limiting hard contact and avoiding walks, but he doesn’t tend to get a lot of swings and misses. However, these are great matchups with the Mets in New York and the Rockies away from Coors, so you probably are starting him in every situation.

Here We Go

Cooper Criswell at BAL, vs DET – Criswell has been fantastic this season, allowing a 2.86 ERA over 34.2 innings of work while striking out 34. Criswell has gotten lucky with just a .280 BABIP, but he has also done a very good job of limiting free base runners with a 5.6% walk rate. He has a tough matchup at the beginning of the week versus a good Orioles team, but it is in Baltimore and the back half is against the lowly Tigers offense, so I think it may be worth rolling with in most formats.

Alec Marsh at MIN, vs SD – Marsh has been great this season with the change of his pitchmix. He has lowered his walk rate and his home run rate in the process and while the strikeouts haven’t been as strong, the ratios have been. Marsh has a little tougher of a set of matchups this week, but it is hard not to trust him at this point in the season.

Simeon Woods Richardson vs KC, at HOU – Similar to Marsh, Woods Richardson has been fantastic, allowing miniscule walk and home run rates. He is likely due some regression at some point as he has had a pretty small BABIP at the same time. This could be the week which is why he is as low as he is because both the Royals and Astros have good offenses, but it is hard to not roll him out there considering his results thus far.

Cole Irvin vs BOS, vs TB – Irvin returns to the Orioles rotation with John Means hitting the IL. He has done a good job limiting hard contact and walks this year in his starts and in relief opportunities. He gets decent matchups at home versus the Red Sox and Rays and should be in consideration for leagues where you are win seeking or looking for ratio help in spite of the poor strikeout rates.

Feeling Lucky

Bryan Bello at BAL, vs DET – Bello has been up and down this season, allowing a 4.04 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP with 37 strikeouts in 42.1 innings pitched. The home runs have been a problem for him, but the stuff is really good when he can command it. Bello has a nice matchup at the end of the week versus the Tigers, but a tougher one versus the Orioles to start it. At least the Orioles start is in pitcher friendly Camden, but it does make it riskier.

Lance Lynn at CIN, at PHI – Lynn has done a good job this year at limiting home runs and hard contact, but I really am scared of these matchups and parks he has to pitch in this week. I would probably avoid it.

Michael King vs MIA, at KC – King has been up and down this season and would probably be just a desperate measure play if not for the fact the Marlins may be one of the worst offenses in baseball.

Blake Snell vs PHI, vs NYY – I know some might be upset about seeing Snell this low, but he has struggled when healthy and these are really tough matchups.

Desperate Measure

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